John obi Mikel faces Criticism after performance for Chelsea

John obi Mikel has come under criticism recently after his poor performances for Chelsea and Nigeria. However, Nigerian coach Stephen Keshi says that the 27-year-old still continues to have tremendous quality.

Nigeria were expected to be one of the African nations to do well at the World Cup 2014 after having won the Africa Cup of Nations just a year ago. However, losses against France and poor performances in the other group matches meant that they were unable to get past the last 16 round. Mikel has been very ineffective in the qualification matches for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Mikel Expresses Delight At Drogba Return

Chelsea midfielder John obi Mikel has expressed his delight at seeing Didier Drogba back at Chelsea once again. The Ivory Coast international left the blues in 2012 after eight years at the club. During this period, he firmly established himself as one of the best players in the history of Chelsea by scoring more than 150 league goals. He remains as one of the top scorers of all time. Drogba was recently brought back to the club by manager Jose Mourinho on a one-year contract in order to soften the loss of Demba Ba and Samuel Eto’o.

Keshi Leaves Post

The manager of the Nigeria national football team, Stephen Keshi, has left his post after the defeat of the Super Eagles in the pre quarter final round of the FIFA World Cup 2014.

Nigeria suffered a 0-2 defeat against France a couple of days back to get knocked out of the biggest international event.

Keshi didn’t do a bad job as coach for Nigeria in the tournament and was not in danger of being sacked, but, despite that, he opted to quit taking the full responsibility of the defeat against France on his shoulders.

However, there have been rumours that the main reason behind Keshi’s resignation is his willingness to take over as South Africa manager.

This is the second time that Keshi has resigned as the Super Eagles boss. He had done that last year as well when Nigeria had achieved the Africa Cup glory, but, he eventually had agreed to carry on after being convinced by the association.

Mikel Hopes Nigeria Makes Impact At World Cup

Chelsea star John obi Mikel has stated that he is hoping Nigeria can make a positive impact at the World Cup 2014. The 27-year-old goes into the competition is one of the players to watch from the African perspective. He is at the prime of his career and after having recently helped Nigeria when the African cup of nations, he’ll be hoping to do the same at the international stage as well. However, Mikel is someone who does not have experience of playing in previous world cups and this will be his first.

Chelsea Season 'One To Forget'

Chelsea’s season has been one to forget after not lifting any major silverware as they were eliminated from the Champions League as well as coming out short in their Premier League journey.

Eden Hazard played a pivotal role in Chelsea’s season as the Belgium midfielder turned out to be the top goal-scorer for the club in this campaign and he expressed his disappointment towards everything that Chelsea failed on securing.

"This season was an 'almost' season. Almost in the Champions League final, almost champions in the Premier League. I hope next season it will better and we can go to the next level’’.

"In the English Premier League you play Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United every week and it's very good, but I came here for trophies. This season was good for me, but not collectively because we didn't win anything, and last season we won the Europa League." Hazard said.

HEADING TO THE EXIT

Chelsea midfielder John obi Mikel is widely thought to be heading towards the exit door after interest from Inter Milan has been growing in the last few weeks. The Nigerian international has been unable to seal a first-team squad at the club.

This was despite finishing second to Yaya Touré in the African Player of the Year contest. Yaya Touré is widely regarded as the best midfielder in the Premier league right now. Due to his absence of regular first-team football, Mikel’s position in the Nigerian national team is also under threat.

OBI MIKEL MOVES ON?

John Obi Mikel has been a name strongly linked with a move away from Chelsea in recent months. This is primarily because the midfielder has lost his position to the new signing Nemanja Matic, who has been quite impressive since coming in a £ 21 million deal from Benfica.

Since he has lost his first-team place, Mikel has been rumoured to be on the lookout for a new club. Inter Milan have been looking at him in the last few weeks. The Italian outfit have been on a decline for the last few years, but they are prepared to spend big in the summer in order to spark a revival.

One of The Most Overrated Players

John Mikel, the soccer star from Nigeria, has been tagged as one of the most overrated sportsmen of the world, especially amidst the players of Premier League.

The rating was published by FTB pro taking a host of factors into account such as unwarranted praise, vast wealth and undeserved accolades some players have somehow managed to pull in for diddly-squat.

It has been found that Mikel is going on racking up trophies and appearances in Chelsea while contributing almost nothing for his team on field.

Next to the Nigerian, the one who comes up in the list is Theo Walcott. Yes, there’s no denying of the fact that the footballer is really speedy but Walcott’s mere pace is never enough to skirt his defects as a soccer player. He badly lacks the right vision, technique & attitude aspects- the most significant attributes one needs to maintain to be an ideal soccer player.

Moreover, his constant demand for wage hike in Arsenal has put forward another reason to dislike him.

MOU LOVES OBI MIKEL

Jose Mourinho has praised John Obi Mikel as the Portuguese coach considers him to be a ‘’genius’’ as he told Chelsea’s official website. “Mikel is a genius in his position. It is a miracle if he loses the ball’’.

Mikel said that coming to such a big club like Chelsea as a young 18 years old player was a dream come true for him but stated that during his early days at the Premier League club was intimidating.

“I remember coming into the dressing room and I was shaking all through the first week. The players in there really helped me settle in - John Terry, Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and the other African players that were there at the time.

“I looked at these guys every day and I learned a lot from them, how they act on and off the football pitch, which helped me develop and mature as a person. It was a growing up stage which I never had with any other team. I just jumped straight into this team so I had to learn that way,” he said.

LOOKING FORWARDS

John obi Mikel has stated that he is very much looking forward to playing in the Champions League against Galatasaray, as this match will see the reunion of Didier Drogba. Drogba left the club back in 2012, but he is still regarded as a legend at the club.

Jose Mourinho has spoken in length about how Drogba is destined to face Chelsea in this year's Champions League because it has happened to him on several occasions. Mourinho has come up against his former clubs like Barcelona and Chelsea on numerous occasions.

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